Being a Republican presidential candidate in 2016 is so tough. Saying something vaguely offensive can be good, since it shows you'll stand up to the liberal media and lets certain members of the base know that you think there's something fishy about President Obama, too. But where's the line? Do you want to suggest that Americans who exercised their right to protest your policies are sort of like ISIS? As Scott Walker learned at the Conservative Political Action Conference, probably not.
Anti-Semitism appears to be rearing its head across Europe yet again. The perpetrators of the recent terror attacks in Paris and Copenhagen both targeted Jews, at least in part. Reports of anti-Semitic incidents have risen in the U.K. as well as in France, where the most European Jews live. Hours after the attack in Copenhagen, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who faces an election on March 17, announced a package of $46 million to help Jews in Europe emigrate to Israel, and urged them to make the move.
As a whole, the Jewish population in Europe has been in decline for the past seven decades, but last year more Jews left France for Israel than ever before, according to the Jewish Agency, a quasi-governmental Israeli organization that facilitates the process. As Avi Mayer, spokesperson for the agency, put it, “Every single young Jewish person I spoke to [on a recent trip to France] told me they were planning on leaving France, and an overwhelming majority said they wanted to come to Israel. Which was really pretty shocking to me.”
We caught up with five European Jews to get their thoughts on the recent attacks, whether they’ve considered moving to Israel, and anti-Semitism on the continent.
This afternoon, Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, approached the Senate floor accompanied by a small Ziploc bag and a large chart of the igloo his grandkids had built during "Snowpacalypse," the mythical name for the record amounts of snow that fell on Washington, D.C., five years ago.
The items were exhibits A and B in his impending refutation of climate change.
"In case we have forgotten," Inhofe said, "because we keep hearing that 2014 has been the warmest year on record, I ask the chair, do you know what this is?" He had removed the frozen weapon from its plastic cage and floated it above the floor. "It's a snowball, from outside here. So it's very, very cold out. Very unseasonable."
He then threw the snowball onto the Senate floor.
The internet, a wildly popular communication method invented by Al Gore, passed away on Thursday night when someone uploaded a photo of a really ugly dress to Tumblr. It was 22. In recent years, the internet managed to survive threats against net neutrality and the sight of Kim Kardashian's naked butt, but ultimately the debate over whether some dress was gold and white or blue and black (or both?) proved to be more than it could handle. What started with some funny celebrity Twitter feuds led to comments sections clogged with conspiracy theories and a glut of explainers about how the human eye perceives color. Here's a look back at the meme that ended it all.
Today, two brave llamas escaped from their homes and proudly gallivanted around a Sun City, Arizona, neighborhood for nearly an hour before they were caught by men who, frankly, weren't that great at using lassos. It was the most important news event since the last important news event, and it offered us a moment of respite, however brief, from the depressing doldrums of winter.
Lawrence Kudlow, the CNBC pundit and Republican adviser, has co-founded the “Committee to Unleash American Prosperity” to lobby for supply-side economic policy. CUAP recently hosted Scott Walker, who appears highly congenial to the committee’s agenda. The interesting thing about Kudlow’s continuing influence over conservative thought is that he has elevated flamboyant wrongness to a kind of performance art. He has argued continuously, since Bill Clinton raised taxes on the rich in 1993, that higher taxes on the rich must necessarily destroy economic growth, and that lower taxes on the rich must necessarily bring prosperity. As (perhaps owing largely to unfortunate coincidence) the exact opposite has happened instead, he has resorted to a series of frantic post-hoc revisions.
The changes will keep broadband companies from blocking legal content, prioritizing some web traffic over others, or discriminating at all when it comes to providing internet access. Verizon responded to the news by posting a #TBT post on its blog written completely in Morse code, saying the FCC was imposing "1930s rules on the Internet." They also sent out a press release written in a very smudged typewriter font.
There are plenty of ways the net neutrality rules could be overturned — some broadband companies are planning to sue the FCC or Congress could pass legislation reversing the rules (and many of the Republicans in the majority have opposed net neutrality) — and the regulations still need to be approved by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.
Two llamas are on the loose in a neighborhood in Sun City, Arizona, and the local news crews have set up a live feed so you can watch all the excitement go down. As of 3 p.m. on Thursday, they were being chased through the neighborhood by what appeared to be police, running around people's front yards and stopping traffic.
According to a memo sent to New York Daily News staff and obtained by BuzzFeed News, the paper's owner, Mort Zuckerman, is considering selling it after being approached about a potential deal. "Although there were no immediate plans to consider a sale, we thought it would be prudent to explore the possibility and talk to potential buyers and/or investors," Zuckerman wrote, adding, "I want to reassure you that my aim throughout this process will be to do the right thing for the business to ensure the Daily News and its brilliant staff have the best opportunity to achieve all our future ambitions." Zuckerman first purchased the paper in 1993.
A judge has ruled in favor of Adrian Peterson after the NFL player's union sued on his behalf to get him reinstated. Initial reports said that Peterson had been immediately reinstated, but via ESPN, the case will now return to the league's collectively bargained arbitration process. The judge found that Roger Goodell overstepped his authority in suspending Peterson until at least April 15. Peterson, who had been indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child, pleaded no contest last year to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault.